Highland Park Soda Fountain

Pharmacy Lunch Counter | Soda Fountain | Southwestern | Tex-Mex
One of the best

The Highland Park Soda Fountain, circa. 1912, is an anomaly. Whereas this Dallas neighborhood is rich and swanky (the TV show Dallas did location shooting here), the luncheonette, which until 2010 shared space with a working drug store, endures as a relic of bygone times. The menu includes soda fountain concoctions that would have made Archie and Veronica happy. Cherry Coke, anyone? A from-scratch cherry Coke, mind you.

Nothing I ate was extraordinary, but the ordinariness of it all was itself very wonderful. A large number of ladies at tables and counter spoon into chili. It is not a formal Texas bowl of red, for it contains beans, but it is true luncheonette chili, aka drug-store chili, a satisfying meal either by the bowl or spread across a bed of Fritos in Frito pie.

A chocolate soda is expertly concocted: first, chocolate syrup is squirted into a tall glass beaker; then a hard stream of soda gets jerked in, hitting the syrup hard enough that no spoon is needed to mix it; finally the whole foamy brew is topped with a couple of large scoops of vanilla ice cream. A long-handled spoon is provided; customers grab their own straws from a stash on the counter.

What to Eat
Highland Park Soda Fountain, Frito Pie
Frito Pie
Soda fountain Frito pie: stout chili garnished with Frito chips and cheese. Onions are optional.
Highland Park Soda Fountain, Ice Cream Soda
Ice Cream Soda
Chocolate soda is just one among many soda fountain concoctions available.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday10 am - 5 pm
Monday7 am - 6 pm
Tuesday7 am - 6 pm
Wednesday7 am - 6 pm
Thursday7 am - 6 pm
Friday7 am - 6 pm
Saturday8 am - 6 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 1000 MILES | 15 hr 33 min

Fritos were created in San Antonio in 1932, but it took some thirty years before the Frito pie was born. Teresa Hernandez, working behind the Woolworth's lunch counter in Santa Fe, had the idea to slice off the top of a single-serving bag of Fritos and ladle in chili, then cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato.…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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